(Update: Robin is now denying that he made these statements to Sport 1. Which is probably for the best.)
We all have a list of things other people do that instantly shred our nerves. And, since we're all hypocrites, some of those things we inevitably do ourselves. Having said that, Robin van Persie went off about how awful it is when other teams -- specifically the team that the Netherlands lost to in the 2010 World Cup final and one of Arsenal's Premier League rivals -- hound the referee and how he would like that to stop.
"They [Spain players] always go up to referees in an attempt to get an opponent booked. They are trying to screw colleagues! That kind of behaviour really annoys me," Van Persie told Sport 1.
"People who are watching the game on television and fans really do not want to see these kind of things. If you want to witness a lot of complaints, you should just go the bakery or something. There's always people nagging there as well.
"Chelsea players are always bitching against the referees. I really cannot understand that. Just shut the f*** up and focus on playing football."
Of course, Robin and his Arsenal teammates have been known to do the exact same thing on numerous occasions, yet he doesn't seem at all concerned with that. So, sticking to that theme, here are some other (hypothetical) pet peeves of Robin van Persie...
-Guys named Robin. You think you're Robin Hood? You're not.
-Short hair. What kind of person wastes everyone's time by getting their hair cut more than once every two years? If you want short hair, wear a wig or something.
-Footballers who play better than other footballers. Some Man United players always do this. They are trying to screw their colleagues! That annoys me.
-The color orange. Any team that makes you wear that eyesore of a color isn't worth playing for. No one wants to see that. If you want to wear orange, spill some juice on your shirt at a McDonald's or something. There are always people doing that there.
-Eyes. I really can't understand them. Just shut the f*** up and focus on playing football.
-People who use Twitter. No one cares that you're at the Mets game. Also emoticons are the worst. If you use an emoticon in the same tweet as your announcement about being at a Mets game you are pretty much worse than a terrorist.
- Robin van Persie